Welcome to the Career and Professional Development Centre
The staff at the Career and Professional Development Centre (CPDC) is committed to the academic and professional success of all students at the Faculty of Law, Common Law Section. Part of our role consists of fostering strong relationships with employers in the legal community in order to ensure that our students secure rewarding and meaningful opportunities throughout their studies, as well as beyond and upon graduation.
To ensure the quality of our services and to assist students at the Faculty of Law, the CPDC has established recruiting policies. Our policies are intended to provide a framework for the professional relationships between employers, students, third party recruiters, and career educators.
The University of Ottawa and the Faculty of Law are committed to maintaining a learning and work environment that promotes the understanding and respect for dignity of the person as part of the University community and one that is free from harassment and discrimination.
How to Post a Job
How to Post Freelance Opportunities
About the Initiative
The Faculty of Law, Common Law Section opted to create a mechanism to connect employers and students through freelance opportunities in response to the global COVID-19 pandemic.
This initiative pairs employers in need of short-term support with students eager to build on their practical experiences. The Career and Professional Development Centre will post freelance or short-term contract opportunities for law students. These contracts could, for example, be for a single piece of research, remunerated on an hourly basis, with a set number of hours allocated to the work.
Hiring tech savvy, focused and motivated law students on a contract basis is an economic way of ensuring that you can continue to meet the demands of your clients in these unprecedented times. We understand that employers are facing significant financial pressures during the current COVID-19 pandemic and that as you weather this storm, keeping on top of client files is more important than ever. We also know that, some students have had offers of articling or summer employment rescinded due to the serious financial impact of the pandemic.
Our intention is to support those in the profession that may need short term assistance but cannot commit to hiring a student full-time for the summer. These opportunities will also provide students in the legal community with an excellent opportunity to gain freelance experience, build their entrepreneurial skills, and put their practical legal skills to good use while earning some modest remuneration.
Posting a Freelance Opportunity
If you would like to post a short-term opportunity, please fill out the form at the following link. We will make the information available to our students. For your convenience, we have prepared a sample contract : Freelance Law Student Agreement that you can use & modify for your use.
For any questions, contact Chantal Riendeau (email@example.com) at the Career and Professional Development Centre.
Important Posting Policies
All employers that post opportunities with the Faculty of Law, Common Law Section agree to provide a work environment that is free of discrimination in compliance with all provincial and federal Human Rights Legislation, and provincial law society professional standards, codes of conduct and recruitment procedures.
The CPDC will not post opportunities that are unpaid, whether they are with for-profit or not-for-profit organizations.
Employers who wish to post a paid opportunity must be in a position to offer at least the provincial minimum wage.
We reserve the right in our sole discretion to restrict, remove or refuse to post any posting without notice that we feel is inappropriate for our students.
We will not post any opportunity or otherwise circulate employment information where a non-lawyer is seeking a student to perform legal research or engage in any activities that could potentially be construed as providing legal advice.
Recruitment and On-Campus Activities Policy
Recruitment and On-Campus Activities Policy
- Non Discrimination
The University of Ottawa, Faculty of Law, Common Law Section maintains a learning and work environment that promotes the understanding and respect for dignity of the person as part of the University community and one that is free from harassment and discrimination. All employers who engage in recruitment activities with the Faculty of Law, Common Law Section agree to abide by university policies 67a and 67b to ensure a safe environment free from discrimination. In addition, employers must respect all provincial and federal Human Rights Legislation, and provincial law society professional standards, codes of conduct and recruitment procedures.
- Employer Events
Employer events or receptions must be open to all students (or students in a particular class year). In addition, in response to increasing concerns about addiction and mental health in the legal profession, all events hosted on-campus and in collaboration with the Career and Professional Development Centre must be alcohol free. Employers that fail to comply with these policies may not be able to use the services of the Career and Professional Development Centre or engage in recruitment activities on campus.